2020-21 Workshops

Ana Buzzalino

March 10, 2021

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

“Monoprinting without a Press”

Student Supply List:

  • 4” soft rubber brayer (Speedball is readily available) – if you have a hard one, that will work as well.

  • Optional: an extra brayer.

  • Plastic to cover the table with

  • Gelli plate- 8 ½” x 11” works well

    • If you do not have a Gelli plate, you can use a plexiglass plate (from the DIY Store, such as Home Depot), a transparency or in a pinch, a piece of stiff plastic – each surface will yield different results

Fabric:

  • 1/2 yard of muslin or inexpensive fabric or an old fabric to use as a drop cloth under your printing plate

  • You can monoprint on any fabric. The tighter the weave, the cleaner the print

  • For the class, and to experiment, white fabric or light colored is best, solid color, as it will show your prints better. Consider that when choosing, but the choice is yours

    • Keep in mind the color of your paints. White fabric will show your prints better than a colored fabric, which will change the color of the print if you are using transparent paint. – more on paints below​

    • If you have some metallic paints, you may want to try some dark fabric: black, navy blue, dark green, etc.

  • Use PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing) if possible, which has no finishes. Otherwise, consider washing your fabric first (your choice). Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Washing is important if you are going to wash the final product.​

  • Cotton fabrics, quilting quality, tight weave, work best for clean crisp prints, but you could also monoprint on silk, wool, velvet, even batting! Have a few pieces of different fabrics handy – if you have some – to experiment and see what happens.

Optional:

  • 1/2 m (or more) of fusible non-woven interfacing such as Pellon 808 Craft-fuse or similar

  • A piece of batting

  • Organza or sheers

  • WonderUnder

To prepare the fabric for the workshop:

  • Consider pre-cutting the fabric to the size of your printing plus 2”. That will give you enough area to work with and extra for sewing later. Prepare around 12-15 pieces. You can always cut more during the class.

  • A fat quarters or a half meter to print multiple prints on the same piece of fabric.

  • How many monoprinted pieces you end up with will depend on how you work. I’ll be showing lots of different techniques and expect you to try them all so you’ll have a repertoire of samples to refer to in the future

Paints:

  • In the colors of your choice. It can be acrylic paint or fabric paint or a mix of both

    • Remember that paints come in your choice of transparent, opaque and metallic​

      • Transparent paints are good to use in light-colored fabrics and will show the pattern underneath if you use in patterned fabrics​

      • Opaque fabrics contain chalk which makes them opaque so they are good to use in dark fabrics for good coverage. Of course you can also use them on light-colored fabrics. They’ll have good coverage.

      • Metallic paints contain mica which gives them the metallic look. They are more opaque and are good to use on both light-colored and dark-colored fabrics

    • If you are using acrylic paints and are making something that will be washed, consider adding Fabric Medium to the paints so they will be launderable. If you are using the fabrics in wallhangings and art pieces, the fabric medium is not necessary as the final pieces will not be washed. If you are using textile or fabric paints, the fabric medium is already added to them and are launderable after heat setting.​

  • Consider having a fat quarter or half-meter of white fabric next to your gelli plate (or a few) to clean the brayer on. You’ll end up with a beautiful piece of fabric to use in your work. You can also use copy paper for this if you want to use them in your sketchbook or in your collages

Other supplies:

  • Thin Cardboard – such as old file folders or cereal box cardboard or posterboard

  • X-acto Knife

  • Cutting mat

  • Foam core board

  • Self-adhesive foam sheets

  • Paper towels

  • Spray bottle with water

  • A wooden kebab stick or a chopstick

  • A piece of freezer paper

  • Paper scissors

  • A few sheets of copy paper

  • Painters tape

  • A photocopy of an item that you like such as a landscape, a flower, a bird, trees, etc.

  • A ballpoint pen

  • A round brush – size 5 or 6 or similar

  • A couple of plastic trays or large plates to use as paint palettes

  • An old rag

  • Disposable gloves if you don’t like to get your hands dirty

  • Commercial stencils – any that you have – if you purchase, 1 or 2 or your choice

  • Stamps / foam stamps – any that you have

    • There are lots of expensive stencils and stamps in stores. Dollar Stores are great to get some inexpensive stencils and stamps if you are looking to purchase some. I also find some at Walmart.​

  • Baby wipes to clean the printing plate​

  • Temporary self-adhesive such as 202 or 505

And anything you can think of to make marks on the paint, such as:

  • Q-tips

  • Combs

  • Bubble wrap

  • Corks

  • Shelf liner

  • Mesh

  • Etc.

Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Member Workshop Fee: $50.

To register for this workshop, click here.

Julie Booth

April 14, 2021

"Talisman Pouch"

Kit Fee: $20 (optional - see note below supply list)

Student Supply List:

  • Needles: Crewel embroidery sizes #5 and #3. Optional: Sashiko (Tulip Sashiko Needles; Big Eye Straight Thin: https://www.artisticartifacts.com/product/455103e.html).

  • Pins.

  • Fabric scissors and embroidery scissors.

  • Strongly suggested: Clear plastic gridded ruler.

  • One 3-1/2” x 9” piece of wool fabric, wool felt, or craft felt..

  • Two or three pieces of sheer fabric, 5” x 11”, such as tulle, organza, and/or open weave cheesecloth (painted or dyed).

  • Fabric scraps (these will be placed under at least one sheer layer).

  • 18”-20” Sari silk ribbon, silk fabric strip, or heany yarn, in a contrasting color.

  • Two or three 1 yard lengths of additional yarns of varying weights and textures.

  • Embroidery floss and perle cotton threads (#8 and #12 weights) in colors that blend or complement the colors of your pouch fabrics.

  • Sea-tumbled shell ‘shard’.

  • One ceramic or glass focal bead for closure. Make sure that the holes are large enough for four (4) passes with #8 perle cotton.

  • Two size 6° seed beads. Make sure that the holes are large enough for four (4) passes with #8 perle cotton.

  • Optional: one piece of 3-1/2” x 9” lining fabric (suggest a thin cotton).

There is a kit option for $20 (plus shipping) that includes all fabrics, yarns, shell, focal bead, size 6° seed beads, and size #3 embroidery needle. Ordering information will be available upon registration.

Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Member Workshop Fee: $50

To register for this workshop, click here.

Nadine Cloutier

June 15-16, 2021

"Natural Dyeing without Chemicals"

Kit Fee: $50

Kit Includes:

  • A variety of three cellulose and three protein fabric pieces packaged into four individual kits. Each fabric sample piece will be large enough for dyeing and cutting into smaller samples for immersing into the modifiers. These will be glued into your journal for future reference.

  • A special handmade reference and dye journal will contain dye recipes, mordant recipes, and list of various plants to forage and grow.

  • Plant, fruit and vegetable materials, both fresh and dried.

  • Various modifiers with containers for dipping

  • Pre-mordant material for additional sampling technique.

  • Use of roasters, pans, buckets, a drying rack and other tools.

Student Supply List:

  • Needle, thread (any color), and scissors.

  • Fine point permanent marker (Sharpie).

  • Pen or pencil for notetaking.

  • Tacky glue to adhere samples to journal.

  • Plastic baggies or flat containers to take home any wet fabric.

  • Plastic table cover; gloves; apron; old towels or roll of paper towels.

Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Member Workshop Fee: $60

To register for this workshop, click here.

Lesley Riley

May 2022 - TENTATIVE

“Wet Cyan Printing Plus!”

Prepare for lots of fun and learning from this unique workshop!
This will be a potentially messy class, so you will need to dress accordingly.

Kit Fee: $20

We will try to purchase as much as possible in bulk to avoid gathering too many unusual supplies (example: plastic dishpans, glass, gloves, etc.).

Kit Includes:

  • Cyanotype solution. 

  • Exposure contact plates.

  • Additives.

  • A selection of specialty papers.

  • Handout.

Student Supply List:

  • Two (2) 1” foam brushes.

  • Ruler or straightedge – 18”.

  • Scissors.

  • Old bath towel.

  • Notebook.

  • Smartphone or tablet for photographing and editing.

  • A variety of papers and fabrics for printing (see below).

  • If you plan to print on fabric, natural fibers are recommended: cotton, linen, silk. Keep in mind the paper sizes listed below. Quiet, pale prints and old sheets are great. The tighter the weave, the crisper the print.

  • We will primarily be printing leaves. Bring some fresh or pressed flat, if possible. Flat objects (lace, sequin waste, washers, etc.) can also be used.

Lesley recommends 140lb hot press paper or a relatively smooth cold press. We will be tearing most pad sheets in half. If you choose to use full sheets of WC paper, 2 or 3 sheets, 22”x30”, will be sufficient.

- Strathmore series 400 – 11”x14” – mixed media pad (15 sheets – get two, if this is all you are selecting).

- Canson XI Watercolor Pad – 9”x12” (30 sheets)

- Fabriano studio – hot press WC pad (50 sheets)

Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Member Workshop Fee will be approximately $200.

A $100 deposit will hold your place in the workshop.

Guild cancellation policies will apply to the deposit.

Balance and due date TBA.

To register for this workshop, click here.

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